Recent content by DanOnTheRiver

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    Adding drain holes in seat compartments ?

    The seat compartments in my 18' have several small drain holes that intermittently work depending on how the boat sits on the water. I've though about enlarging them and adding a few more around the permitted of each compartment. As long as they don't angle down and are almost parallel to the...
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    Why it’s worth it!

    For us, the boat is just an extension of the house and made the river behind us another beautiful back to nature living room.
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    Fresh water wash down.

    I only run in freshwater now with the pontoon boat. We are landlocked on a river, but my last saltwater boat had a live bait-well that we were not using. I converted it to a freshwater rinse shower. I installed a very low volume bilge pump and attached to it a 10' flexible hose with a shower...
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    Buyers remorse ( Two foot itis ! )

    I think that an additional 2' or a 20' boat would make a big difference and to that I'd add a front bimini because of the sun.. We just cruse the river with friends and family and the extra 2' would make it easier to add additional passengers.
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    Buyers remorse ( Two foot itis ! )

    Well, not really, but it seems like the 18' boat is just not large enough and I should have bought the 20'. We are on a river that is landlocked so I didn't get a trailer. We keep the boat in the water all the time. Almost 3 years ago I paid $21,000 for the boat and 40 HP Yamaha motor and it...
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    Ethanol E15 and is your local gas station making the change?

    Many Wawa stations have ethnology free gas, but not every pump. Locally about 75% have it available.
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    Tight Mooring Cover

    I put a few yellow crayon marks on my cover that I use to line up the front. I start there and work back with it zipped. I place the poles as I work back.. I later go back and raise them all the way. Seems to work for me on my 18 footer...
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    Any Bennington's in the Tampa are?

    Revising an old thread.... Landlocked on the Hillsborough River, north of the dam....The boat has become an extension of our house and allows us to share the river with friends and family.
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    Mooring cover clips

    Pull up from the side of the clip, not in the middle. I also mark on my cover with a wax crayon, several points for reference on the front. Makes it easy to start with it lined up correctly.
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    Single or double bimini Houston

    In Florida, our bimini never goes down. It's always up and I wish I had ordered a front.
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    No drill 4 rod holder horizontal storage

    Seems like it would be easy to design one made out of PVC that would temporary slip over one of the railings. It would be vertical though.
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    Height of bimini indicator ?

    Thanks for all of the suggestions. The simple one seemed to be the best and I quickly roughed it out. I have a fiberglass 6' bicycle whip flag to insert into the PVC pole and all should be good to go. With a stopper in the PVC, the tip of the flag is ~ 2" above the top of the bimini. It will...
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    Height of bimini indicator ?

    I just ordered a green laser to try, but mounting it to the bimini and keeping it level, might be a challenge. I really do like your idea with the PVC and can see how easy it will be to make the mount, without any damage to my boat. This might be the best working solution. Thanks !!
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    Height of bimini indicator ?

    Some great suggestions and I appreciate it.... Going to try the green laser.
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    Height of bimini indicator ?

    There are two low bridges that are close to where I live, on the Hillsborough River. I'm trying to come up with a way to mount, somewhere on the front of my 18' boat, a flexible bicycle type whip that could have a small pendant or flag. This would tell me, as I approached it slowly that the...